White House Roll White House is an annual family event to hunt and compete with Easter eggs in the White House Lawn while enjoying storytelling and a visit to the Easter Bunny. While there are many Easter events in Washington, D.C., this annual tradition dates back to 1878.
President Rutherford B. Hayes officially inaugurated the White House grounds for local children on Easter Monday, 1878. Successive presidents have continued the tradition of inviting children to White House Lawn for the filming of eggs and other activities and entertainment.
This year, the White House will open South Lawn to families to enjoy live musical performances, storytelling and the traditional Easter egg round of the White House on Monday, April 2, 2018, from 8 a.m. at 5 p.m. All guests will enter the event from the Ellipse and go through a security assessment process. See a map of the White House area for more details on how to enter this 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue attraction.
Tickets are distributed free of charge through an online lottery system, which allows the participation of guests from all over the United States. All attendees must have a ticket, and the 2018 ticket lottery is already closed. All attendees must go through a security assessment process. No food or drinks are allowed on the premises. Canvas bags, suitcases and backpacks are not allowed, but strollers, diaper bags, bottles and baby bottles are allowed.
Going to the White House is already special, but the day is even better with live entertainment and traditional Easter activities such as the annual round of eggs and hunting. The event features an egg hunt and the traditional egg roll along with live musical performances appropriate for all ages. Celebrities also bring books to life with story time, and children will enjoy the death of eggs, the decoration of eggs and interactive and educational activities designed to awaken scientific curiosity and creativity.
Take advantage of this time of year to have fun and enjoy religious and family traditions.